Three Big Announcements Coming from Valve
In the latest issue of PC Gamer UK, Valve boss Gabe Newell has promised at least three big surprises over the next coming 12 months.
'I can guarantee you people are going to be surprised at stuff we do. That isn't going to stop any time soon. I'm just laughing because
MSI 870 Fuzion Power Edition motherboard
Do you think that AMD users need another one Fusion motherboard? Well, people at MSI apparently think it does. So, MSI today unveiled their second upcoming implementation for AMD systems and AM3 sockets, called 870 Fuzion Power Edition. The mainboard comes in the innovative Military Class design which features the highest quality components in the industry. Just like military products, these top quality components have incredible long lifetime, stability, low temperature and also improve overclocking potential.
Featuring Hydra from LucidLogix with support to SLI and CrossFireX, it has maximum CPU support of a six-core Phenom II series, DDR3 memory 800/1066/1333/1600*/1800*/2000*(OC), two PCI-Express 16, six SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, LAN and Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel audio and all the common Power, Reset and Clear CMOS button.
The motherboard is available for pre-order at a reasonable price of
OCZ RevoDrive 120GB review
OCZ RevoDrive 120GB gets tested
We test the OCZ RevoDrive. Pretty much two SSDs slapped onto a PCB, armed with a RAID controller. Pop it in, install the new storage unit and you'll have tremendous performance right of the shelves without the need to configure anything. What OCZ did was done right.
They smacked 120GB or alternatively 240 GB of the fastest NAND Flash memory on the PCB, armed that Flash memory with two separate 8-channel SandForce SSD ICs, then bind them to a SIS RAID controller, pop on a PCie x4 bridge and then offer a "PCIe SSD" (if you can call it that) reaching 300,k 400 even 500 MB/sec read and write speeds.
Check out the full review right here.
MSI GTX 460 HAWK released soon
We see a custom PCB with phase LEDs, voltage monitoring points, military class components and to put some icing on the cake ... the new TwinFrz II heatpipe cooler that will hopefully bring good temperatures versus low noise levels. It doesn't end there though, MSI is pre-overclocking this 1024MB HAWK model towards 780 MHz. And then there's the overclock potential ... a new voltage regulation circuitry was embedded, allowing not only to play and tweak around with GPU voltages, nope ... they added voltage control for the memory and Auxilary/PLL voltage as well.
Tomorrow the full review.
EVGA X58 SLI3 motherboard outted
EVGA has launched a new X58 motherboard, the X58 SLI3 that obviously comes with triple SLI support. Next to that new generation features have been added as well astwo USB 3.0 ports and two SATA 6Gbps connectors can be spotted also. The motherboard will be available soon for $199.99.
EVGA is proud to announce the new EVGA X58 SLI3 motherboard! The EVGA X58 SLI3 took the EVGA X58 LE, improved the design and amped up the features! With the addition of USB 3.0 and SATA 3/6G, this motherboard becomes a great value for the future and allows compatibility with all the newest high speed peripherals. Have it all with the EVGA X58 SLI3: performance, features, value!
The two USB 3.0 ports allow for speeds up to 5Gb/s, more than 10x the performance of USB 2.0! SATA 6G allows double the performance of SATA 3G, and of course the award winning EVGA overclocking features put this motherboard in a class of its own. In fact, EVGA X58 motherboards have won over 20 awards from leading hardware review sites.
Arctic Accelero Xtreme Plus VGA cooler released
Arctic Cooling send out a press-release announcing the biggest VGA cooler I have ever seen, the Accelero Xtreme Plus, a new VGA cooled with a copper base, five heatpipes and a huge aluminium heatsink with three 92mm fans. The cooler is compatible with most recent high-end graphics cards, including the GeForce GTX 400 and Radeon HD 5000 series. The heatsink measures 290mm x 104mm x 56mm (L x W x H) and weighs 622g, and small heatsinks for the memory chips and VRM are also included in the package. The Arctic Accelero Xtreme Plus should be available in retail stores for around $65.95 (54.95EUR).
The main heatsink is designed to handle thermal loads of up to 250W. The cooler is also compatible with the mounting plates of older some Accelero models that give it compatibility with other popular GPUs, importantly support for Radeon HD 5000 and GeForce 9/GTS 200 series with the VR001 mounting kit.
The main heatsink consists of a copper-made GPU contact base from which five heat pipes convey heat to two blocks of aluminum fins that are cooled by three 92 mm fans. A patented cooler shroud design works to dampen noise generated by the three fans. The three fans spin at speeds between 800 and 2,000 rpm. The heatsink measures 290 L x 104 W x 56 H mm, weighing 622 g. Click the thumbnail.
Gmail gets Priority Inbox
Google has introduced Priority Inbox, a new Gmail tool that aims to prioritize e-mails based on their importance. Gmail has always been pretty good at filtering junk mail into the
Mafia II DLC - Jimmy's Vendetta on September 7
If you played Mafia II to the end, you certainly would have gotten the feeling that the story did not end well. 2K Games sent out a press release announcing that Jimmy's Vendetta, the second downloadable add-on for Mafia II, is being released on September 7th. The add-on contains 30 new quests and leaderboard ranking, and will be available for PS3, Xbox 360 and the PC for 9.99 USD
Jimmy's Vendetta takes players into an alternate perspective of the mob through the eyes of Jimmy, the guy the other guys call when they need to finish the job. Players will get their hands dirty helping Jimmy clean up other people's messes as they deal with the Italian and Irish mobsters that reside in Empire Bay. As players progress, a slew of new quests are unlocked, including assassination and timed vehicle pursuits ending in dramatic shootouts and explosive car chases. Execute with deadly head shots or charged explosives, and rack up points for precision-timed vehicular power slides, lofty jumps, and supercharged velocity. Multipliers and combos add bonus points to overall scores that will be immediately posted to thenew online leaderboard system, providing extensive re-playability as players work to rise to the top of the ranks.
Through a compelling narrative,Mafia II transports gamers into the dark and unforgiving world of the Mafia. The fiction is embellished by a sophisticated, era-evoking atmosphere that meticulously replicatesthe clothing, cars, music and advertising of 1940s and 1950s Americana. Players will easily become immersed in the game's cinematic Hollywood-style experience with strong, believable characters in a living, breathing metropolis. By fusing action-packed gameplay with white-knuckle driving and an epic gangster story, Mafia II is the industry's most compelling Mafia title to-date.
Gigabyte offers passive cooled Radeon 5770
The GV-R577SL-1GD is based on the Radeon HD 5770 Series GPU, which utilizes the latest 826 million transistors on 40nm fabrication process and GDDR5 memory. GIGABYTE GV-R577SL-1GD is equipped with Microsoft DirectX 11, ATI Eyefinity Technology, ATI Stream technology, ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU support, UVD 2 and PowerPlay, setting a new standard for HD gaming performance.
The GIGABYTE GV-R577SL-1GD features GIGABYTE
AMD Radeon HD 6870 benchmarks ?
The card delivers a score of X12092 in the 3DMark Vantage Extreme benchmark, and P24499 in the Performance benchmark. It's about 20 percent faster than the GeForce GTX 480, and closing in on the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970. Here are the Crysis and Unigine scores:
But, can it play Crysis? At Very High, 1920x1200, 4x AA, the HD 6870 comfortably plays along at 43.55 fps. The minimum fps is 29.57. Crysis has been well and truly conquered at HD resolutions with high IQ settings. At these kind of settings, previous single GPU cards barely broke 30 fps average, which means the HD 6870's minimum framerate is the same as the average of HD 5870 / GTX 480. Remarkable!
Unigine's Heaven tessellation has been and one of the biggest weaknesses of the HD 5000 series, possibly signifying weak tessellation performance for future games. On the other hand, it was GTX 400's strongest benchmark, with the GTX 480 proving to be an incredible 75% faster than the HD 5870 for the (unrealistic) Extreme preset. Typical scores for 1920x1200 4xAA Extreme are 900+ for the GTX 480 and 500+ for the HD 5870. Amazingly, the HD 6870 scores a whopping 922, which is a massive increase over the HD 5870 and puts it on par with the GTX 480. Do note, however, that the previous results were on Heaven 2.0, whereas the HD 6870 benchmarks use Heaven 2.1. The relevance of the Extreme tessellation benchmark has been heavily questioned as well. Still, it is clear that AMD have taken tessellation very seriously with the HD 6000 series.
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Lucid UNITY graphics board architecture
LucidLogix Technologies intor's Unity, pretty much the Hydra chip that will enable graphics card vendors to create cards with multi-vendor-multi-GPU support. Plugging one of these video cards into your system will add HydraLogix multi-GPU graphics capabilities to existing motherboards allowing you to mix and match multiple GPUs / brands / vendors.
Here's the PR with all the details.
Today LucidLogix Technologies (Lucid) announced its arming video card manufacturers with the new Unity
Civilization V Demo Available September 21st
The Civilization V website reveals that the playable demo for Sid Meier's: Civilization V is now expected on September 21, the same day the game is expected in stores.
At the time of that announcement, we expected to be able to get the demo out before the 21st, but unfortunately we weren
Intel fixes prices and introduces new models
Just one day before September, Intel unveils some price adjustments to their processors and also introduces some new CPU models. As you can see, the most recognizable name in the table is the Core i7 950 which now costs $294 instead of its previous price at $562.
Gigabyte X58A-UD9 review
Gigabyte X58A-UD9 review
We test and review the Gigabyte X58A-UD9 motherboard, the flagship of the Gigabyte X58 family of motherboards. Gigabyte recently released one hot dish of a X58 motherboard. It is the performance oriented GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard, based on the X58 chipset and boasting features like a 24 phase (!) unlocked power design, 4-way graphics support including NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX, as well as a host of distinctive other features.
It is chucked full with the latest gadgets and features; comes with liquid cooling blocks on the chipset and it is equipped to make sure you get the very best overclock out of your system. Check her out, she's a thing of beauty.
Check out the full Guru3D review right here.
ASUS GeForce GTS 450 DirectCu Spotted
Though far far away from the release a GTS 450 board has popped up on the web. It is the ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCu and it has been listed on a Bulgarian online store.
The picture reveals a shows the graphics card in all it's glory and makes clear that it features ASUS' popular DirectCu (direct copper) GPU heatsink assemblyLooks like this card comes with a DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI connectos, you will also spot one SLI connector.
Thes little goofup shows the GPU specifications we reported earlier last week as well on a 40nm core. Reported clock frequencies seem to be nicely high at 783 MHz on the core, 1577 MHz on the shader processors and 1804 (3600 effective) MHz on the memory, the 1GB DDR5 will run a 128-bit memory bus with a bandwidth of 57.8 MB/s. ASUS claims to be 20% cooler and 35% quieter than the NVIDIA reference design.
It looks like this model will cost just under 150 EUR. Click on the thumbnail ...
NVIDIA 259.47 WHQL show new GTX 400 Cards
A new WHQL driver propagates through Windows update and it is, 259.47. Now when you unraffle the drivers and look at the .inf entries .. you'll spot a selection of new graphics cards, that clearly are pending. Now we all knew about the GeForce GTX 450 already but, check it out. The new driver will work with GeForce GTS 450/455 video boards but also GT 440/430/420 models and a series of GT 400M series.
- NVIDIA_DEV.0E23.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GTS 455)
- NVIDIA_DEV.0DC4.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450)
- NVIDIA_DEV.0DC5.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450)
- NVIDIA_DEV.0DC0.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 440)
- NVIDIA_DEV.0DE1.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 430)
- NVIDIA_DEV.0DE2.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 420)
- NVIDIA_DEV.0E30.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M
- NVIDIA_DEV.0DD1.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M)
- NVIDIA_DEV.0DD2.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M)
- NVIDIA_DEV.0DD3.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M)
- NVIDIA_DEV.0DF2.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M)
- NVIDIA_DEV.0DF0.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M)
- NVIDIA_DEV.0DF3.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M)
- NVIDIA_DEV.0DF1.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M)
- NVIDIA_DEV.0DEE.01 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 415M)
Definitely interesting, as that's the bottom to mid-range line-up right there in your face.
AMD to drop ATI branding
Volkmann, AMD's vice president of global corporate marketing told THINQ the following:
"It's literally the standard battery of questions: Are you aware of this brand? Would you consider it? And then we ask a very specific form of a preference question."
"The Radeon brand and the ATI brand are equally strong with respect to conveying our graphics processor offering," he goes on to saying.
Windows Live Sync upgrades and rebrands to Live Mesh
Microsoft launched the beta of Windows Live Sync along with Windows Live Essentials 2011, allowing users to sync files and data between PC and PC, and between your PC and the cloud. After the most recent beta refresh, Microsoft will be rebranding Sync to Windows Live Mesh.
We continue to see that the primary way customers are syncing files is between their different PCs (or Macs). And we will continue to make it easy to sync virtually unlimited amounts of data between your PCs. When syncing files to the cloud, beta participants get 2 GB of synced cloud storage. Only 2% of these participants are using more than 1.5 GB. However, Live Mesh offers 5 GB, and while only a small number of Live Mesh customers use all their space, we want to ease migration and increase the online storage limit from 2 GB to 5 GB.
A number of customers have asked why we don't allow you to sync up to 25 GB, given that 25 GB is the SkyDrive limit. While we merged Sync and Live Mesh in this release, we did not merge the online storage system used for Live Mesh with the one used for Office or Photos on SkyDrive. This means that each system has different storage limits and is optimized for different scenarios.
SkyDrive offers enough storage for you to share documents and photos with friends, family, and co-workers. Hotmail offers enough storage for you to store your email, calendar, and contacts. Windows Live Mesh lets you sync all your files and folders across your PCs and devices, and provides enough cloud storage for your most important files. Over time, we'll be considering ways to do even more to share information across these systems.